E-Learning in Education: The Origins of Gamification in Learning

E-learning and gamification are growing in popularity. With a generation of workers raised using gamification and interactivity in school classrooms, it makes sense for the trend to sweep into the corporate world.

E-learning, or online learning, uses digital tools as a teaching platform. Today students largely consume educational content on computers, tablets and smartphones. And there are significant benefits:

  • Interactivity increases engagement and memory retention
  • Animated content that can give immediate feedback
  • Students can immediately review their progress and capture weak points
  • Feedback encourages collaborative working, i.e. students are encouraged to discuss their progress and develop their skills together
  • Teachers/Trainers have more scope to create versatile lesson plans

The rise of digital learning platforms and massive open online courses has provided a fertile ground for the integration of gamification. Many online courses and platforms incorporate badges, levels, and other game mechanics to increase learner motivation and retention.

A pixel art game scene showing the text 'You Win!' above an open treasure chest, with full in game lives and the score in the top corners

Examples of E-Learning Platforms

Kahoot! is a popular platform for creating and playing learning games, quizzes, and interactive presentations. It’s widely used in educational settings to engage students and facilitate interactive learning experiences by using quizzes, surveys, and discussions.

A new feature specifically designed for business — Kahoot! 360 Engage — focuses on the elements learned from the original product. It encourages employees to access the information they need to perform their roles successfully from anywhere. Interactive quizzes make learning fun and engaging experiences.

Quizlet provides a versatile tool for reviewing and memorising information. Students can access various study modes, including flashcards, learn, write, and spell tests which are engaging and memorable.

The platform takes full advantage of the science behind gamification in educational settings. Quizlet incorporates elements such as points, badges, and leaderboards to motivate learners. This gamified approach makes the learning experience more enjoyable.

Blooket leverages gamification elements to encourage students to participate in new methods of learning. The platform features a variety of game modes which offer rewards designed to encourage students to improve their performance.

Sparx is a teacher-led maths revision tool that features built-in lesson plans and subjects saving up to 200 hours for teachers. The platform also provides actionable feedback. A one-hour session on Sparx is shown to improve grades which speaks to the advantages of incorporating gamification elements into e-learning strategies.

How Can You Apply Gamified Online Learning in a Business Setting?

Because interactivity is used widely in schools, e-learning will be the future of education in the workplace as well. And gamification elements work just as well for adults as they do for children.

Online learning courses enhance specific skills relevant to job roles. This can include technical skills, soft skills, leadership development, and industry-specific knowledge.

The gamification elements must align with your objectives and contribute to the overall learning goals. We also find that structuring the learning content into progressive levels is a good way to motivate trainees and give them a sense of accomplishment.

Learners can unlock new levels or content as they successfully complete tasks or quizzes, providing a sense of accomplishment and progression. You can also include a points system, badges, and leaderboards to recognise and reward achievements. This can create a sense of competition, motivate employees, and highlight top performers.

To make the training engaging and rewarding, create challenges, quests, or missions within the learning modules. These can be task-oriented activities that require learners to apply the knowledge they’ve gained in a practical context.

Because animation and virtual reality enable you to replicate any setting, simulations and scenarios that mimic real-world situations allow employees to apply their knowledge in a risk-free environment and enhance the transfer of skills to their actual job roles.

You can also use e-learning and gamification for team bonding. Foster collaboration by incorporating team-based challenges which encourage employees to work together, share knowledge, and collectively achieve goals.

And to make the games even more fun, why not create custom avatars or characters that represent your employees throughout the learning experience? This personalisation can make the experience more enjoyable and relatable.

Consider E-Learning For Your Business

E-learning can be a more cost-effective way to train staff than traditional in-person training. It eliminates the need for travel, printed materials, and physical training spaces. Businesses can save on expenses associated with venue rental, accommodation, and printed resources.

Sliced Bread Animation has experience with applying effective interactive elements that make learning more engaging and increase memory retention, confidence and performance.

Contact us so we can create e-learning that will benefit your employees.

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